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Musical Drawdio Puppet 



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Musical Drawdio Puppet 

Written By: Angela Sheehan 



TOOLS: 


PARTS: 


Marker (1) 


Fleece (1) 


Needled) 


2 coordinatina colors for the bodv and 


Pliers (1) 
Scissors m 
Sewinq machine (1) 
Soldering iron (1) 
optional 


inside leas/bottom 
Polyester fiberfill (1) 
• Thread (1) 

Conductive thread (1) 
Conductive fabric (1) 




Resistor (24") 




Drawdio (1) 




assembled 




Sew-on snaps (1) 




optional 



SUMMARY 

This octopus/jellyfish-inspired puppet lets you make different squeaky sounds using an 
embedded Drawdio. Hold the puppet by putting one hand in the loop on its belly. Use the 
other hand to touch conductive spots on its legs, which complete the Drawdio's circuit to 
make sounds. 



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Using the technique shown in the Make:Online project Unruly , 100K resistors in the legs 
create a change in pitch between each conductive circle. I experimented with different 
resistor values at the end to change the sound of each leg as a whole and included some 
that I thought sounded cool. Feel free to change up the resistor values and make your own 
unique soundscape. 



Step 1 — Musical Drawdio Puppet 

• Print out PDF pattern and cut all your fleece/conductive fabric pieces. 



Step 2 




• Pin and sew the six body pieces 
(A) of the puppet together along the 
side seams. 

• / find it easiest to sew the 
edges of three pieces 
together and then pin/sew the two 
halves together. 

• At this point it should look sort of 
like a hat. Put aside. 







Step 3 

• With right sides together, pin and sew a piece of conductive fabric to a piece of fleece 
along the long edges to make the loop (B). 

• Turn inside out. 



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Step 4 




• With the conductive side facing 
inward, pull the ends of the loop 
through the slits in the circular 
bottom piece (C). Leave about 1/4" 
- 1/2" sticking out the end. Pin and 
sew in place. 



Step 5 




• Thread the bobbin of your sewing machine with conductive thread and switch to a zig-zag 
stitch. 

• With the right side facing down, sew a line down the border piece (D) about 1" from the 
edge and -3.5" inches from the ends (as marked on the pattern). 

• Leave a long tail (about 4") of conductive thread one end. 



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• Fold in half with the conductive thread facing outwards. 
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Step 6 




• Carefully pin the body, border, and 
bottom pieces together w/ right 
sides facing inward. Position the 
border in-between the body and the 
bottom pieces so that the zig-zag 
conductive thread side is facing the 
bottom loop. 

• Let any extra length on the border 
hang out and sew along the edge 
leaving about 2" of the seam open 
for turning it right-side out. 

• Pull the loose tail of 
conductive thread through 
the opening to make sure it doesn't 
get sewn/caught. 







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Step 7 




• On the loop end opposite from the loose tail on the border piece, sew a piece of conductive 
thread about 7" long to the conductive fabric. 

• These two loose threads will be attaching to the ends of your Drawdio, so make 
sure they are not touching or next to each other. 

• Turn the piece inside out. 







Step 8 




• Stuff the body/border pieces with 
some fiberfill batting/stuffing to give 
the puppet some shape. 

• If you are having trouble 
stuffing the border, use 
some scissors to push it along to 
the farthest edge. 







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Step 9 




• To make the Drawdio detachable 
from the puppet to use in other 
projects, solder some metal sewing 
snaps to each conductive end. 
Save the other halves of the snap 
pairs for later in the tutorial. 

• If you'd like to permanently 
sew your Drawdio into the 
puppet, skip this step. 



Step 10 




• Take your assembled Drawdio and hold it between the two conductive thread tails on the 
outside of your puppet. Make sure that only one end of the conductive zig-zag line touches 
the Drawdio. 

• Mark where the ends of the Drawdio will be placed on the puppet with a marker. 

• It doesn't matter which way the speaker faces - I like to hold the puppet in my left hand 
and have the speaker point toward me. 



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Step 11 




• When you have the placement finalized, sew the hole where you stuffed the puppet closed 
and sew the ends of the border piece together (trim extra fleece if needed). 

• / left the border piece behind the Drawdio unstuffed to give it some extra space. 

• Use the loose conductive thread tails to attach metal snaps (for the removeable Drawdio) 
or to sew the Drawdio in securely. 

• Set aside. 



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Step 12 




• Sew your conductive circles (E) 
into your legs (F) using a 
backstitch. 

• I like to sew these by hand 
so I can use a really small 

seam allowance. I also whip stitch 
around the edges to make it extra 
secure. The circles are a little 
bigger than the holes, giving it a 
nice recessed shape. 

• This is probably the most 
time-consuming part of 

making the puppet, so turn on your 
favorite DVD or get a friend to help 
you make an assembly line. 



Step 13 




• After all the conductive circles are 
attached, ready your resistors by 
curling the ends around with a pair 
of pliers to make easy-to-sew 
beads. 



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Step 14 



Assembly Diagram 



Resistor 

Sew to top conductive 
circled leave 4" tail of 
conductive thread 



100K Resistors 

Sew to conductive circles 

w/ conductive thread 




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Leg #1 : no top Resistor, (4) 1 00K ohm Resistors 
Leg #2: 550 ohm Resistor, (4) 1 00K ohm Resistors 
Leg #3: 180K ohm Resistor, (4) 100K ohm Resistors 
Leg #4: 470Kohm Resistor, {4) 100Kohm Resistors 
Leg #5: 720K ohm Resistor, (4) 100K ohm Resistors 



• With conductive thread, sew your 
resistors between pairs of 
conductive circles, making sure to 
loop the thread a few times on each 
end for a secure connection. 

• Sew the top resistor to the fleece 
and pull it out the other side leaving 
a 4" tail. 

• One leg will have no top 
resistor. For this one just 

sew a piece of conductive thread to 
the top circle and pull through to 
the front. 



Step 15 




• After all the resistors have been 
sewn in, pin the leg pieces to the 
outside leg pieces with right sides 
together. 

• Pull the loose conductive thread tail 
out of the way so it doesn't get 
caught in the seam. Sew along the 
edge, leaving the end open. 



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Step 16 




• Carefully turn each leg inside out. 

• Fold the raw edges inside and sew the ends of the legs shut with regular thread. 

Step 17 




• Arrange the legs along the zig-zag conductive thread line on the puppet body. Leave space 
around where the Drawdio attaches so the legs don't touch it. 

• Pin and sew the legs to the zig-zag stitching using the conductive thread tails on the end of 
each leg. 

• Use regular thread to secure the legs further if needed. 



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Step 18 




• Sew on some eyes or facial 
features to personalize your 
puppet. 



Step 19 




• Attach your snap-in Drawdio, put in a battery and test it out. Place one hand in the loop 
and use the other to press different conductive patches on the legs. 

• If you find that the Drawdio is uncomfortable pressing on your wrist, you can add a 
bit of fleece over it to cushion it. 

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